1862 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Parnell

Thomas Arnold, in A Manual of English Literature (1862; 1885) 357.



Parnell is now only remembered as the author of the "Hermit," a poem of which the design is to inculcate a belief that, spite of adverse appearances, the events which befall beings endowed with free-will are all providentially pre-arranged. He was the friend of Harley, Earl of Oxford, to whom Pope sent the edition of his poems, of which he superintended the publication after his death, recommending them to the fallen statesman in a few graceful lines, musical but weighty, such as Pope alone could write.